Our Team

Management Team


Emery Lykins

As Co-Owner and President of Special Ice, Emery has been instrumental in taking Special Ice to the level it currently sits at today.  Starting out with one ice rink only four-years ago, he has amassed the largest ice rink portfolio in the Western U.S., which continues to grow every season.  Emery began in the hockey world as a player as well as a coach, from the time he was young all the way through the professional level, and everything in between.  He has been on the ice rink management side of things for the last 15 years, and has been involved with some of the highest profile ice rink events in the country.  He attended Northern Michigan University and worked as a consultant in the industry for many years prior to launching Special Ice and continues to help establish industry standards with his emphasis of customer service and product quality.

Vice President

Dave Fies

Dave brings more than 30 years of successful rink operations and management experience, previously having spent the last eight years working on outdoor ice skating rinks venues from small community rinks to large National stadium events that gained national exposure. Prior to that he was the General Manager of the Oakland Ice Center for over nine years. He has also managed facilities in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas of Virginia, and at the high-volume Galleria rink in Houston. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Oakland-Alameda County Sports Commission. He attended Penn State University.

Team Members

At SpecialIce we only succeed because of the people we surround ourselves with.  The team members we have brought together make every project they work on part of their own success and by doing so, ensure the most productivity as well as the best experience for the customer.  Nobody emphasizes customer service like we do at SpecialIce and these are the people that make it happen.

Hockey Director / Employee Relations

CJ Carlson

On-Site Manager

Lynze Silfies

Site Manager / Special Events Coordinator

Jerremi Clark

Ice Tech / IT Services

Ronnie Clark

Corporate Controller

Christine Cook

Installer / Ice Tech

Patrick Concannon

Director of Marketing

Heather McAllister

PR and Skating Director

Elina Adut

Skating Director

Lorraine Penney

Warehouse Manager

Jose Lazo

Project Manager / Install Coordinator

Phil Lightfoot


Troy Edgell

Ice Tech / Security Supervisor

Orion Washington

Group Sales

Nanette Kearney


Dylan Sotomayer

Installer/Ice Tech

Jeff Williams

Installer/Ice Tech

Carlos Ruiz

Installer/Ice Tech

Niko Grossi

Skating Director

Cynthia Vanvalkenburg


Jeff Glass